Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries. Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including: general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.
68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries
eBooks are a constant topic in library news today. If you’re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. Continue reading 68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski
I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities. Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order. This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th. The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors). A free preview issue is now available for download.
This post has new content (7/8/2013 2:00 p.m.) Continue reading NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference
Ingram announced several new initiatives at the ALA Annual Conference this past week. I’ve linked to the individual press releases below. I’m particularly excited about the POD available for out-of-copyright titles from the National Library of France – over 65,000 titles.
Ingram Content Group and Hachette Livre Offer Titles from the BibliothÃ¨que nationale de France in Print for First-Time
Ingram Grows Colour POD Options for Publishers
Ingram Grows its MyiLibrary® E-book Platform with 50,000 Additional Titles and New Functionality
The French Ministry of Culture and Communication released the findings of a study they commissioned for ebooks. IDATA conducted the study and collected data from June 2012 to February 2013 through interviews with nearly forty experts and professionals from selected countries (U.S., Canada, Germany, Spain, UK, Sweden, Netherlands). The full report (in French) can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/ZMlVLE. The Ministry also published a short summary in English, available here. Continue reading French Ministry of Culture and Communication releases ebook study
Last week Ingram announced a new program called Life Print. This service manages the complete lifecycle of print materials. Today, they are announcing another new program called IngramSpark. This program offers independent publishers access to Ingram’s distribution network for print and ebook content. The platform is due to launch in July of this year. More information below from the press release:
IngramSpark Service Offers New, Simple Path to Publishing – Publish On Demand SM platform to launch in July
NASHVILLE, TN — Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced plans to launch its IngramSparkSM offering, a new Publish On DemandSM platform. The easy-to-use, online publishing tool provides independent publishers with simple, cost-effective access to Ingram’s global distribution network for print titles and e-book content. Continue reading IngramSpark, Ingram’s publish on demand platform, to launch in July
Cengage Learning has announced some restructuring plans this week. Below is a summary of articles and blog posts highlighting the news. Later this week, NSR’s Mirela Roncevic will post her article on Gale (part of Cengage Learning) and their recent partnerships. The article includes an interview with Jim Draper, Vice President and General Manager for Gale.
Cengage Learning investor site: this site includes annual and quarterly reports
Industry articles and blog posts:
Inside Higher Ed: Cengage publisher could file bankruptcy
Bloomberg News: Cengage CEO seeking restructuring
INFODocket: Cengage CEO seeking restructuring This includes the Bloomberg news article, embeds some documents and provides additional resource links.
This is fabulous news. Way to go De Gruyter! I’m so pleased to see publishers working direct with Unglue.it.
Berlin, 2 April 2013 — Starting today, the academic publisher De Gruyter will be offering 100 titles from its e-dition series at the crowdfunding platform Unglue.it. Each individual title that raises 2,100 dollars at the site will be made available worldwide as open access content.
Unglue.it is an innovative service provider that is making ebooks free and universally accessible to libraries and book lovers alike. How it works: users contribute an amount of their choosing to the book titles offered at the platform by publishers. If the minimum funding amount is achieved, the publisher will release the book under Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND. Continue reading De Gruyter and Unglue.it partner to expand open access titles
A colleague forwarded this interesting blog post to me about Flipboard. The author, Mathew Ingram, discusses Flipboard’s new release features. He discusses the ability for advertisers and readers to now become publishers.
Here is a snip from the post:
“Flipboard’s new version is more than just an evolution, it’s a significant departure from what the service was all about. Until now, it has been about making it easy to discover and consume content from multiple sources, but the new features are all about turning readers into publishers by giving them curation tools like those used by Flipboard’s own editors.”
“The idea that advertisers now have many of the same tools as publishers and traditional media companies do, and that readers and consumers of content also have much more power over that content than they used to, are two pretty inescapable facts about the new media landscape and Flipboard has just staked a claim to some significant territory on both of those fronts.”
This is very similar to an article I read last week from Mike Shatzkin’s blog, The Shatzkin Files. In his post on “atomization” he discusses publishing as a function rather than an industry. It’s a very interesting read.
De Gruyter acquires two academic publishers, plans to digitize collections. More from the press release:
De Gruyter Purchases Two Academic Publishers: Oldenbourg and Akademie
Berlin, February 26, 2013 — De Gruyter is proud to announce the acquisition of two academic publishers with a long and rich tradition: Akademie Verlag, based in Berlin, and Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag, based in Munich. Both companies were acquired retroactively as of 1 January 2013 from Franz Cornelsen Bildungsgruppe, which is seeking to streamline its business. Continue reading De Gruyter acquires Oldenbourg and Akademie publishers
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: A Scorecard for Public Libraries. Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference
Below is a press release from SAGE regarding the author fees for SAGE Open. They are lowering them to $99 per article from $395 in 2012. This is great news for social science and humanities researchers. When asked why the fee was lowered, SAGE sources said:
SAGE has been a passionate champion of the social sciences since its founding. As supporters of social science research, it is very important to us that scholars within the humanities and social science sector (HSS) are able to publish their work. Our decision to discount the price of SAGE Open to $99 has been made to better support OA publishing in HSS at this early stage of adoption, by making high quality, peer reviewed open access publishing a more accessible option for researchers. Continue reading SAGE Open author publication fee discounted to $99 per article
NASHVILLE, TN — As libraries adjust their lending models to meet today’s digital requirements, more are turning to Ingram’s MyiLibrary® platform. Ingram Content Group announced it will now offer Random House, Inc. U.S. titles to libraries via the platform.
“We are pleased to be working with a partner as respected as Ingram to further serve the library marketplace,” said Skip Dye, Vice President, Library and Academic Sales, Random House, Inc.
Random House will add more than 36,000 titles to Ingram’s MyiLibrary e-book platform beginning in February. Titles will be both frontlist and popular backlist titles from all Random House, Inc. imprints and each of their publisher- distribution clients, including Beacon Press, National Geographic Books, North Atlantic Books, Quirk Books, Smithsonian Books, Soho Press, Wizards of the Coast, and many others. Continue reading Ingram Content Group adds 36,000 Random House titles to MyiLibrary platform
Metadata is the key to eBook discovery. I’m glad to see these publishers sharing their content with WorldCat.
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 18, 2013OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world to add more e-book metadata to WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries worldwide.
This new WorldCat metadata will be integrated into library management workflows using OCLC’s cataloging services and discoverable by users through a variety of library discovery services, including WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org. Continue reading Ten publishers add eBook metadata to WorldCat
Last week, Gale announced another expansion of its partnership with National Geographic with the launch of National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World, the third resource in its multi-media National Geographic Virtual Library package (selected by Mirela Roncevic as one of the most impactful digital resources for libraries in 2012). This new component of the Library joins National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 and National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current, which were released in 2012. Additional NGVL products are expected in 2013.
People, Animals, and the World includes full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples and cultures; 325 videos; over 655 full-color maps; 600 downloadable images; and the National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010–present, all integrated within Gale’s research platform and designed for use by students, teachers, faculty and “anyone with a curiosity for the natural world.” We contacted Gale representatives for more information on how libraries can purchase the content. Here’s the scoop. Continue reading National Geographic Virtual Library: What it includes and how to purchase it
ALA Editions recently announced the 2013 launch of a new online journal: eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, integrating, and managing electronic content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Each issue will consist of in-depth articles on the many facets of electronic content as well as product reviews and interviews with industry leaders.
eContent Quarterly is now accepting proposals for contributions. Librarians, publishers, and other information science professionals interested in submitting a proposal should send a written request to Sue Polanka, including a description of the topic and information about affiliation and credentials. Continue reading eContent Quarterly call for contributors
Back in August, 2012, Smashwords announced a new product, Library Direct. This is a service that allows libraries and library networks to acquire and establish large opening collections of ebooks, direct from Smashwords. Douglas County was one of the first customers back in August of 2012, loading 10,000 of the top titles. The last day of 2012, they added another 10,000 titles. Here is more from the DCL press release:
On December 31, Douglas County Libraries (DCL) acquired 10,000 e-book titles from the world’s largest distributor of self-published works, Smashwords, bringing the total number of e-book files that DCL owns to 21,000. All of the content purchased from Smashwords, including books in popular genres such as fiction, romance, mystery, and science fiction, is available for borrowing by library patrons. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries adds 10,000 titles from Smashwords
2012 was a busy year for e-content: new alliances were formed among both publishers and vendors, more mergers took place, controversies surrounding ebook lending in public libraries persisted, open access initiatives showed no signs of slowing down, and the pressing need to digitize scholarly publishing gave rise to several monograph e-platforms. With each passing week, those of us keeping up with e-content were reminded that emerging technological advances continued to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible only a year before.
Our industry was challenged to rethink its own expectations about digital library environments but also dare to aim higher. We asked the same questions as in the years past: Who remained ahead of the curve? Who took the most risk? Who spoke directly to the needs of users? And who brought us products that would stand the test of time years from now?
During the slow month of December, “best lists” are released all over Library land. They give us a chance to take a break from “keeping up” and simply reflect. So let’s pause from chasing press releases and reflect on some of the most impactful digital resources released in 2012. Continue reading E-Content in Libraries: 2012 in Review
Below is a bit of detail on two publishers that will work with De Gruyter’s new PDA model. If you haven’t read about the new PDA model from De Gruyter, take a look at the white paper.
Press release from De Gruyter: Berlin, 28 November 2012 — The idea behind Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is simple: to offer users access to all digital content, but only charge for actual use. Beginning in 2013, two of De Gruyter’s publishing partners — Harvard University Press, and BÃ¶hlau Publishers — will offer their content globally through De Gruyter Online as part of the PDA distribution model. By participating in PDA distribution, these publishing houses will be able to provide customers with access to a greatly expanded range of academic content. The partnerships will particularly enlarge the range of publications available in the field of history. Continue reading Harvard University Press and Bohlau Publishers to offer PDA model via De Gruyter
Last week ALA Editions announced the 2013 launch of a new online journal: eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, integrating, and managing electronic content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Each issue will consist of in-depth articles on the many facets of electronic content as well as product reviews and interviews with industry leaders.
“Libraries, publishers, and information providers are constantly experimenting with business models, delivery methods, and usability of digital content. eContent Quarterly aims to capture these stories, along with their successes and failures, in order to share best practices in the industry, ” said Polanka.
“We will strive to provide timely coverage that helps everyone in the information chain make informed decisions, with less emphasis on descriptions of products and more focus on unique features and comparisons,” added Roncevic. Continue reading eContent Quarterly: Call for Contributions
This press release was sent out in early November. I just now found it in my email. What great news from SAGE. We have plenty of faculty who contact us requesting access to databases, journals, and ebooks from our collection. This will make it so much easier now. Thanks SAGE!
Los Angeles, CA (November,02 2012) — SAGE today announced a change to its licenses that will provide university alumni with access to the content hosted on the SAGE Journals, SAGE Research Methods and SAGE Knowledge platforms through their university library. All alumni registered with subscribing or purchasing libraries will be able to access all SAGE products including over 645 scholarly and professional journals at no extra fee.
University libraries already support current students and scholars with access to online resources through both on-site and remote services. This new license will extend this offering to alumni via secure authentication, with alumni being authorized by their institutions. Libraries will have the option to opt in to this new license on renewing current subscriptions for 2013. Continue reading SAGE license agreements extend access to university alumni